As previously discussed, Spring is here and it’s time to prepare the garden, with fertilising, planting and getting your vegetable garden ready. Lets not forget preparing you home for the fire season.
But spring is also the time to prepare for summer. So now is the time to start preparing your place for the fire season, if you haven’t already done so.
In South Australia, we can have extremely hot, dry summers with temperatures usually in the mid-high 30ᵒC’s, with the occasional mid 40ᵒC’s thrown in. I live in the country and September is when we go into overdrive to prepare our farm for the coming fire season. We are constantly preparing throughout the year as it takes a lot to be completely be ready:
- Clearing dead branches and trees
- Mowing the grass (vegetation)
- Clearing gutters
- Removing undergrowth
Even if you don’t live in the country, it’s extremely important for everyone to prepare. Fires can cause damage anywhere, even in suburban areas.
Not only is it important to prepare you garden (land) for the fire season, it is also important to look and prepare what you would do with your family and pets/livestock at this time of year.
I have a plan that outlines what we will do with our pets and livestock and I share this my neighbours so that they are aware what animals will be present on the property in the case a fire (or emergency) happens and we are at work. We have spoken with our neighbours and agreement that where domestic animal are on the property and fire comes through they can remove them to a safe location for us.
Important that your animals are familiar with your neighbours if this is something you want to put in place for your home and family.
I also have our plan up on the wall near the dining table so that visit can also see what we will do in the event of any emergency.
The plan is broken down into section relating to the emergency ratings below. It’s the simplest way, as to what you would do in the event of a very high rating to say Extreme are very different.
The Country Fire Service (CFS), Country Fire Authority (CFA) and Rural Fire Service (RFS) will post what the current fire rating is in your area on any particular day. You should be aware of what these are and what they mean for you and your family.
LOW – MODERATE
Having a plan in place on what you will do when specific ratings are given will help to ensure that you, your pets and your family are safe in any emergency that may happen. Don’t forget to talk with your family, neighbours and friends about your plan, that way they know what to do.
The Country Fire Service (CFS) https://www.cfs.sa.gov.au/site/home.jsp, Country Fire Authority (CFA), and Rural Fire Service (RFS) are the best resources for finding out how you and your family can prepare for emergencies.
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Also check out; Blog at http://media.bom.gov.au/social/blog/1538/understanding-fire-weather/?cid=003tw57 … #AFAC17 @BNHCRC @ABCemergency. It’s a great video that explains how the fire season is determined and how fires progress.